|Undetectable viral load, strong CD4: how often should I get labwork done?
Oct 5, 2013
I'm on Atripla and I've had an undetectable viral load and good CD4 numbers (over 700) for five years or so. No health scares so far. My (new) doctor says I only need to see her for labwork and a checkup once a year, but I feel leery about being checked so infrequently. I'm wondering if this is becoming a standard recommendation for healthy individuals with HIV. Does once a year labwork sound reasonable, or should I ask to be seen more often?
| Response from Dr. Holodniy
Given your history, this is not unreasonable. Most experts would agree that getting numbers in someone like you every 3 months is no longer necessary, unless something acute comes up. So once every 6 months or once a year, if there are no other active issues is not unreasonable.
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